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My Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Dubbed the City of Trees, Boise is also known for its historic 19th-century prison, the now-legendary blue turf at Bronco Stadium, and its eponymous river. Explore what the city has to offer with our guides, the Miller family.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Boise, Idaho
Joel Holland
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A unique attraction in town is the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which was built in 1870 and served as an active prison until 1973. Tours of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are fascinating. There are exhibits on the history of prison tattoos and the evolution of weapons. It's an eye-opening experience that's a must for any visitor.

Even though we live only about 10 minutes from the center of town, we stay at a hotel for the weekend at least once a year to enjoy everything the city has to offer. It's a fun treat for the boys to play tourist—we park the car, walk around, and see things from a different perspective.

Originally published in the April 17, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and availabilities are subject to change. Please contact each hotel and attraction for up-to-date rates and information before taking your trip.

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